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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Break in the Weather

We had a few days of "Indian Summer". (I'm probably not supposed to say that, but what else is it called?) We 65-75 degree weather! Perfect for cabbing. I spent the whole day Sunday cabbing.

Unfortunately, the weather was too much of a lure to stay strapped to the table and so I played hookie from work. I had a good excuse, too. My oldest daughter got engaged. So, we planned some shopping. :)

Today, it is cooler outside and raining. But, it is cooling off just in time for my oldest grandson's Christmas concert. I, admit, it does feel more festive with a nip in the air. :)

So, here's a few of the cabs I worked on. I think I did 11 total. A few were touch ups and a few have found new homes already. These are the ones I finished outright, from slab to cab. I used a new program to make the slideshow. It is Adobe's Light Room 4. I am learning it now to go along with the RAW files I work with with the new camera. I am liking it a lot.

That's about it for today.





Edited and Updated to add that I made Etsy Front Page today. My first time. :)

The 9th square features one of my most popular pieces. It is also featured in my book as one of my most popular.


8 comments:

  1. Hi Tela,
    Glad to hear you've been able to get some cabbing done -- don't you just love those unexpected 'Indian Summers'? I can't complain, it's been pretty nice here in Florida and cold water and frozen fingers hasn't been an issue. January will be a different story, I'm afraid. Say, a while back you mentioned your newly acquired Glastar G-4 machine... would you buy one again? Any comments for someone who might be putting one on her Christmas wish list? ; ) ~ Robin

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  2. Hi Robin, I loved living in Fla. Our worst cold isn't until Jan/Feb, either.

    I got my machine for cheap on eBay. I would do it again for a used one, but I don't think that I use it enough to pay for it new. I'd like to use it more and I probably will when I have a bigger saw. The slabs I usually buy aren't thick enough to do double dome, groove wraps. Slabbing my own will be different. The machine itself is simple and it is easy to use. It seems to be a quality machine.

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  3. Thanks Tela. I've been eyeing a new one on eBay for about $80. including shipping. Good point about the available slabs, though. It seems they're all around 4-7mm thick. I think that'd be okay for a grooved doubled slight-dome?

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    1. Hey Robin, sorry so long- I missed this. I think 6 or 7mm would be good, but I haven't made one, yet, myself. I have tried grooving thin stones and most of them chipped. So, on a double dome, you would need a pretty thick stone to have a girdle large enough to groove.

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  4. You've cabbed some seriously beautiful stones there, Tela! The Ocean jasper, f.e., or the next one that looks like a beach scene or something - what is it?

    We have snow here in Germany - about 4 weeks early at least! And I took a fall off my bicycle because of the slippery road. Ouch and yuck! Black dirty watery snow in the city. Guess I should leave the bike at home...

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    1. Thanks Renate! Sorry to hear about your bike spill. My brother bikes a lot. Just last week, he was biking in traffic and his front wheel just fell apart. I don't know how it happened, but he was scraped up. Luckily he wasn't run over! I hope you don't try anymore biking over the snow. Not without snow tires. :)

      I think you might be referring to an Imperial Jasper. I love imperial jasper. It is really hard and polishes like glass. I finished another recently which is even nicer.

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  5. Oh my, gorgeous cabs!! I love the shield oj, and the rutilated one after that. You're a pro! Congratulations too on getting on the front page!! I never have been, and that was a beautiful piece too. Thanks for the rock eye candy. :)

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    1. Hi Dee, thank you so much. I was so happy to have some nice weather to get some cabbing out of my system! We've had another nice day since and I got a handful more done, too. :)

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